Barry McElduff

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Barry McElduff
Barra Mac Giolla Duibh

Barry McElduff.jpg
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for West Tyrone
Assumed office
25 June 1998
Preceded by New Creation
Personal details
Born (1966-08-16) 16 August 1966 (age 47)
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Spouse(s) Paula McElduff
Website Barry McElduff MLA

Barry McElduff (Irish: Barra Mac Giolla Duibh, born 16 August 1966) is an Irish politician.

Born in County Tyrone, and from Aghagogan townland, McElduff attended the Christian Brothers Grammar School in Omagh before attending Queen's University Belfast and becoming an Irish republican activist for Sinn Féin.

At the 1992 general election, he unsuccessfully contested Mid Ulster. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum for the West Tyrone constituency in 1996, and has since held this seat on the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Barry has chaired the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee of the Assembly and has served previously on other committees, including Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, Education and Employment and Learning.

Barry has a strong interest in Gaelic games and the Irish language, as well as being an advocate for increased use of townland names in Northern Ireland.[1]

In 2000, McElduff was elected to Omagh District Council.

Barry McElduff visited Scotland to learn more about potential Scottish independence. In reference to the trip, he said, "I travelled to Edinburgh with the outlook that it is a matter for the people of Scotland to decide their own future. I returned with a different outlook in that Scotland as with Northern Ireland should remain within the UK where it is much better off socially, economically and morally so I feel a good deal more educated on the dilemma facing the Scottish people at this historical juncture in their development as a nation."[2]


  1. ^ "Committee calls for greater use of townland names". NI Assembly Press Release (18 January 2010). Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "BBC News - Lord Laird and Barry McElduff make an unlikely Union". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Tyrone, West
1998 -
Succeeded by